The 7 Best Luggage Scales of 2021

Weigh your bags to cut down on surprises at the airport

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Best Luggage Scales

TripSavvy / Chloe Jeong

The Rundown

Best Overall: Camry Luggage Scale at Amazon

"The lightweight scale ticks all the boxes for affordability, performance, and quality."

Best Digital: Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale at Amazon

"Here's a scale praised for its ability to combine lightness with durability."

Best Design: EatSmart Digital Luggage Scale at Amazon

"This unique handle-style design takes the crown for compactness."

Best Manual: Samsonite Manual Luggage Scale at Amazon

"It features a wallet-friendly price and a rugged, no-nonsense design."

Best Floor Scale: Smart Weigh Heavy Duty Luggage Scale at Amazon

"This is an ideal solution for those planning on weighing oversized luggage."

Best Compact: Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale at Amazon

"Though it weighs just under five ounces, the scale is made of durable material."

Best for Overpackers: Travel Inspira Digital Luggage Scale at Amazon

"The overweight warning alert is a must for heavy packers."

Some people naturally pack light. And others? Well, they tend to struggle a bit more. That's where a luggage scale can be put to good use. No, it won't help you pack, but weighing your luggage can certainly help you avoid surprises at the airport and those hefty checked baggage fees. It might even help you narrow down your packing list.

To help you find your ideal option, here are the best luggage scales.

Best Overall: Camry Luggage Scale with Temperature Sensor

Camry Luggage Weight
5

The silver Camry Luggage Scale ticks all the boxes for affordability, performance, and quality. It’s made from engineering plastic with an easy-grip rubber paint handle and includes an adjustable black luggage strap that can be attached to the handle of almost any suitcase. Accurate to within 0.1 pound, the scale has a maximum weight capacity of 110 pounds. The large LCD screen is easy to read and includes a tare function that allows you to weigh an empty suitcase, re-set the display to zero, then weigh the contents of your case individually.

Other handy perks include a thermometer, which displays the room temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. The scale has a low battery indicator and an overloading indicator, while an automatic two-minute shut-off system helps to save the included lithium battery. Weighing just 3.2 ounces, the luggage scale is light enough to add to your suitcase without making any noticeable difference.

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With just two buttons—one for power and one for units—this scale is super intuitive. A large digital LCD screen is easy to read, and the weight flashes three times then locks once the load is steady. And thanks to a weight metric conversion feature, international travelers can avoid overweight luggage confusion—and fees. Camry claims that this scale is accurate to +/- 0.1 pounds, and after conducting several additional tests with 5- and 10-pound dumbbells, we’d say this is a fair statement. There was a slight variation at times—between 0.1 to 0.2 pounds—but some of this can be attributed to user error.

The back of the scale is textured for easy gripping, and the tough nylon strap is thoroughly secured to the device with a metal screw and includes a solid buckle on the end.The battery is easy to change; a small chamber pops in and out of the back of the device. This scale can certainly withstand heavy loads, but there’s one thing worth mentioning: though Camry says it can fit around any luggage handle, it’s shorter than some of its competitors.

Overall, it seems to have all the features and quality of its higher-priced competitors. — Karen Tietjen, Product Tester

Camry Digital Luggage Scale

  Tripsavvy / Karen Tietjen

Best Digital: Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale

4.5

Reviewers love the Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale for its sleek, fashion-forward design and its ability to combine lightness with durability. With a stainless steel top plate and a bottom plate made out of high-strength plastic, this hand-tested scale is built to last. It has a maximum capacity of 110 pounds and is accurate to 0.2 pounds. Use the tare function to weigh each addition to your suitcase separately, and the overload indicator to avoid exceeding the scale’s limit.

The LCD display is wonderfully easy to read. As soon as your luggage is stable, it locks to the correct weight before shutting off after 30 seconds to save battery. When the included lithium battery is running low, a battery indicator gives you plenty of warning, so you’re never left stranded without your scale. The scale features a clever luggage strap attachment and weighs just 3.3 ounces. Best of all, your purchase is protected by a lifetime warranty.

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This scale is streamlined and modern; it’s even TSA-friendly if you want to stash it in your carry-on. It’s easy to use, with a single button and a clear LCD screen. You can switch between kilograms, pounds, and stones so there’s no confusion during international travel.

For the most accurate reading, keep luggage as steady as possible and hold the scale evenly as you lift. We learned this after weighing 5- and 10-pound dumbbells several times and the scale locked on weights differing by 0.2 to 0.4 pounds. Your safest bet is to weigh your bags several times. It can take several seconds to lock on a weight, and it clears itself once you place your bag back on the ground.

The scale will power down on its own after 30 seconds to help preserve battery life, though the battery may be partially drained when it arrives in the mail. Changing the battery is a bit of a pain; you’ll need a tiny Phillips screwdriver to open the panel.

The strong nylon strap is long enough to wrap around thick handles. One note: the exterior stainless steel got dinged after we accidentally dropped it in our driveway. —Karen Tietjen, Product Tester

Tarriss Jettsetter Digital Luggage Scale

  Tripsavvy / Karen Tietjen

Best Design: EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale

While most of the scales on this list are intended to be portable, the EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale features a unique handle-style design that takes the crown for compactness. The top of the handle features a backlit LCD display capable of measuring up to 110 pounds. It’s accurate to 0.1 pounds and runs off a single lithium battery (included with your purchase).

A slimline button on the top converts from pounds to kilograms, while another doubles as an on/off switch. If you forget to turn the scale off, it will power down automatically after a brief period of inactivity. When you’re finished weighing your bags, wrap the buckled strap around the handle and slide the scale into a side pocket ready for use on your return journey.

Best Manual: Samsonite Manual Luggage Scale

Those who prefer a more traditional approach to travel accessories will love the Samsonite Manual Luggage Scale. Reviewers are particularly enamored of this scale’s simplicity, reflected by its wallet-friendly price and rugged, no-nonsense design. It features a large, clearly readable face with a dial that shows both pounds and kilograms, a comfortable grip handle, and a stainless steel hook for attaching bags of all shapes and sizes.

The capacity of this scale is slightly lower than the others on this list, with a maximum weight of 80 pounds. However, the built-in tape measure is a major bonus, allowing you to make sure that your suitcase complies with the dimension requirements for airline travel, as well as the weight limit. The dial features two needles, one of which locks in place to give you a consistent measurement that’s as easy to read as it is accurate.

Best Floor Scale: Smart Weigh Heavy Duty Luggage Scale

The Smart Weigh Heavy Duty Luggage Scale is the ideal solution for those planning on weighing oversized luggage (or for those that prefer not to hoist heavy luggage into the air). The wide platform scale measures 10.6 x 10.6 inches and is made from stainless steel. The LCD display is attached to an extendable cord for easy maneuvering around awkwardly sized luggage, and can accurately measure in pounds or kilograms up to 440 pounds/200 kilograms. It features a tare function and has automatic shut-off, while the scale itself runs off its internal battery or connects to an external power source via a USB cord.

Best Compact: Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale

Just under five ounces, this Etekcity luggage scale has a weight capacity of up to 110 pounds/50 kilograms. This compact, portable scale can fit nicely in your pocket or purse so it's ready for use at any point. The digital luggage scale is packed with features, too: it automatically turns off after two minutes to save battery, a tare/memory function provides accurate measurements, and a temperature sensor helps protect your luggage from extreme weather. Though lightweight, the scale is made of ABS material that's durable enough to withstand any drops.

Best for Overpackers: Travel Inspira Digital Luggage Scale

For those who tend to overpack when they travel, Travel Inspira's digital luggage scale is the perfect solution. It has an overweight warning alert, so you won't ever have to face those dreaded checked baggage fees at the airport. With a weight capacity of up to 110 pounds/50 kilograms, the scale has a backlit LCD display, automatically turns off after 60 seconds, and a data lock function lets you closely look at your bag's weight. Plus, the rubber handle offers comfort when weighing your luggage. There's also an included protective carrying case, so you won't ever lose this luggage scale.

Final Verdict

For a scale that's compact, durable, functional, and affordable, the Camry luggage scale (view at Amazon) tops the list. The weight accuracy is near perfect and it even comes with a handy protective cover. However, for those who tend to fill their bag to capacity, Smart Weigh's floor scale (view at Amazon) gets the job done with ease.

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